It’s a bitter end to the season for Go Eleven, which risks ending the 2022 Superbike World Championship prematurely. Philip Ottle In fact, he still had a big doubt about the final round in Australia, due to the uproar in Race 1 at Mandalika. Indeed, the German rider has been accused of some symptoms to watch for and only tomorrow will there be preliminary confirmation. If he doesn’t complain of dizziness, headaches or anything else, Oettl will compete in FP1, with further checks at the end of the session. Otherwise, the No. 5 Ducati V4-R would sit still in the garage, which would be a shame for the team. Not only for the bike and rider’s favorite circuit, but also for the less-than-expected non-European trio.
Gritting his teeth, the 26-year-old from Bad Reichenhall intends to go home for the last weekend of the year. But obviously everything will depend on Friday morning’s medical, before Free Practice 1. “I am in good health, but I will be re-evaluated tomorrow and today evening after some physical exercises.” Ottle explained. “If I qualify, I will play FP1 and then we’ll see.” Of course, he and the team were expecting a completely different season finale. “After the Mandalika incident, I felt something strange.” A wake-up call for more in-depth examinations.
Now doubts remain, given that the platform in Indonesia was set up just a few days ago. Today’s check did not clarify the situation, everything was postponed until tomorrow, with Go Eleven still waiting. “Philip Island is a great track and it’s a perfect fit for Ducati” Oettl added. “I’ve never raced here on a big-engine bike, but at Mandalika we found our way back before crashing. We were fast and strong, and I can be competitive here too.” It’s a race against time for the Australian round, tomorrow we’ll know if Oytel will be in the match.
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